Like it or not, we’re all aging. Every. Single. Day.
Our bodies slow down and over time, we lose our ability to produce things like collagen and elastin, those all-important substances for a youthful glow.
The lack of these substances leads us to look more tired and sunken than we did in our younger years, due to the decreased volume in certain areas of our faces. However, we’re lucky enough to live in a world where safe and natural-looking dermal fillers aren’t a pipe dream. They’re a real possibility, and the perfect way to “fill in” wrinkles, hydrate our faces and add volume and fullness to our skin.
Whether it’s fine lines, large areas like the cheeks, or specific parts like the lips – there are dermal fillers that can plump up and add volume and life to our aging skin. But with advancements in fillers, come myths and untruths to wade through.
Which is why we’re here today: to bust open those myths that might be preventing you from moving forward and revitalizing yourself.
Myth #1: Fillers full of nasty chemicals
This is a big one, and hard as it may be to believe, fillers really aren’t a foreign substance. They’re actually made of a natural sugar that’s already present in our bodies, hyaluronic gel.
If you’re thinking that name sounds familiar, then you’ve probably already read our rants about the benefits of hyaluronic acid. And it’s no surprise that the two are linked. But as we age, our bodies produce less hyaluronic acid naturally, leaving us with a lack of volume in certain areas of the face.
Dermal fillers are hydrophilic and made up of vital components that help us build collagen. Which makes them not only as natural looking as possible, but great for overall skin hydration.
Myth #2: Fillers always look fake and unnatural
We’ve all seen it – horror stories of fillers and Botox gone wrong. But when used properly, by a qualified and experienced practitioner, dermal fillers only work to enhance and accentuate the natural shapes and planes of your face.
Achieving natural and beautiful results with fillers is an art form, and one which we pride ourselves on. Fillers can be used to lift and sculpt your features to correct asymmetries, wrinkles, scars and folds, and provide youthfulness.
And if you’re worrying about a trout pout or pillow face, there’s no need to fret. Dermal fillers are expertly injected in small amounts and built up until the sufficient amount is reached.
Myth #3: If I don’t like my fillers, I’m stuck with it
Wrong. Though there are some fillers that are intended for permanent use, you’re still not going to be stuck with a look you dislike.
Most dermal fillers can be dissolved using a reversing agent, which breaks up the hyaluronic acid in the fillers. But that’s not likely to happen, as we’re here to talk you through the entire process and consult with you every step of the way.
We know that the most important thing is that both you and your practitioner understand exactly the look you’re trying to achieve. That way, you’ll never even need to think about reversing agents in the first place.
Myth #4: When my fillers wear off, I’ll look worse than before
What a load of rubbish! We hear this one a lot, and frankly, it’s nonsense. So many people worry that once their fillers wear off, the skin in the area will sag and loosen. But it’s just not true.
Yes, the product will eventually dissolve. But your skin will go back to exactly how it was before you had the fillers. It’s entirely up to you whether you return for further fillers, or go au naturel.
Myth# 5: Dermal Fillers are really painful
We wouldn’t lie to you: there’s a little discomfort. But we promise, this is completely minimal thanks to the specific brand of dermal fillers we use.
Dermal fillers at The Body Work Clinic contain the anaesthetic lidocaine, which means that though your injections may be uncomfortable, they’re not painful.
Besides this, our team is experienced enough to create the desired result with your fillers with the minimum number of injections, which both reduces discomfort and swelling afterwards. And if you’re still feeling unsure, we can also apply additional numbing creams.
Myth #6: I’m not the right age for filler
The fact is, there is no right or wrong age for dermal fillers. There are many types of fillers of different thicknesses, intended for different areas of the face and different problems. When used correctly, they can benefit people of all ages and with various concerns or desired outcomes.
Young women can benefit from a plumping cheek filler and look just as fresh afterwards.
For older patients seeking to sharpen their jawline or lift their jowls, this can also be achieved with dermal fillers. There’s no need to think that you’re too young or two old, because we can do so much with dermal fillers that they can be used to treat all kinds of needs.
Myth #7 Dermal fillers aren’t as effective as surgery
Surgical treatments are an option, of course they are. And they can offer a more long-term solution to cosmetic enhancement, it’s true. But that doesn’t mean you should dismiss dermal fillers as an alternative, as they have a lengthy list of positives that should be considered.
Dermal fillers are non-invasive, unlike surgical treatments. They’re considerably more affordable and accessible, and have little to no down time once you leave the clinic. With surgery, this is almost never the case.
It’s also possible to change up your look with dermal fillers. As they’re not permanent, you can adjust your new look, opting for more, less or none at all once they’ve dissolved naturally. And for those who aren’t happy with the result, we can dissolve them with ease without further invasive surgery.
In truth, dermal fillers can achieve much the same fantastic result as many types of surgery, without the cost, recovery and commitment.
Myth #8: Dermal fillers are only for women
This is such an old-fashioned idea that we can’t help but laugh. No, dermal fillers aren’t just for women. They can be used by anyone at all seeking enhancement or correction, regardless of whether they’re men or women.
Though fillers have long been popular for smoothing out wrinkled skin, adding volume to the face and providing symmetry for women, there are a growing number of men using them too.
Popular uses of dermal fillers for men include sculpting a sharper, more chiselled jawline, and improving the tear trough and for dark under eye circles. Dermal fillers can be incredibly effective for men and women, and are already popular for both.